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Antoine de Saint-Affrique

30 March 2023 in CEO Dialogue podcast series

Danone CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique talks about his quest for constant learning, and his drive to create room for budding talents within the organization....

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Antoine de Saint-Affrique is a man who doesn’t let himself, his employees, or his investors get too comfortable. Since becoming the CEO of French food and nutrition giant Danone in September 2021, the 58-year-old executive has delivered some uncomfortable truths.

It is about preserving your freedom - your intellectual freedom and your emotional freedom - to be able to be at your best. You play at your best when you are free - not when you are afraid
- Antoine de Saint-Affrique on his attitude to work-life balance

Saint-Afrique has clearly called out the company’s underperformance compared to peers while remaining confident that Danone is operating in the right categories and has what it takes to win. In conversation with IMD President Jean-Francois Manzoni, he talks about his quest for constant learning and renewal, and his drive to create room for budding talents to emerge and thrive within the organization.

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